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Report: Knicks have interest in Monta Ellis for some reason

Jul 1, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

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Because what the Knicks really need is another volume shooter. What they lack is a guy who needs the ball in his hands and shoots a low percentage on the shots he creates, and then is disinterested on defense.

Nonetheless the Knicks have interest in Monta Ellis, according to Ken Berger of The good news for Knicks fans is this likely does not happen.

A union of Ellis and the Knicks is viewed as a long shot, as the Knicks have only the $3.2 million taxpayer mid-level exception available. Ellis just opted out of a deal that would have paid him $11 million next season in Milwaukee.

But Ellis, 27, and his Washington, D.C.-based agent, Jeff Fried, are known to be willing to compromise in order to sign with a contending team. And the Knicks, who face the free-agent loss of sixth man of the year J.R. Smith, would provide ample opportunity for Ellis to showcase his scoring prowess deep into the playoffs.

Ellis averaged 19.2 points a game last season but on 41.6 percent shooting in Milwaukee. Paired with Brandon Jennings, then later in the season J.J. Redick, the Bucks backcourt was… interesting. Among the teams reportedly interested are Dallas and Atlanta (the Hawks seem an odd fit with their front office and coach, but it’s out there).

Ellis is a free agent likely in for a rude awakening about what the market will offer him. He reportedly turned down a two year, $24 million extension to get out of Milwaukee and he is not going to get anything like that on the open market. Teams are looking for efficient scorers and that is not Ellis.

Even so, the Knicks $3.2 million is low (and the reportedly want to spend part of that on Pablo Prigioni if he decides to return, although the Knicks want him to return for his qualifying offer of just under $1 million). This is a deal that just will not work out, which is good for the Knicks because Ellis is a bad fit.

  1. hartdaddy - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    People do know the Knicks won 50+ plus games last season & was the 2 seed in the East right? Better than a lot of other teams & still have to take crap for expressing interest in players?

    • hartdaddy - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      For the record, this is referring to the fact that the BULLS have also expressed interest in Ellis but they aren’t being heckled for their interest in the same player.

    • buttfumbles - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      It was a down year in the Eastern Conference. Pacers, Bulls, and Nets got way better than the Knicks this offseason, by virtue of players returning and trades. No way the overhyped Knicks sniff the #2 seed this year, barring key injuries again.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      If it’s a guy who makes no sense for their roster and they can’t afford him regardless? Yes, they take crap for that.

    • joegalvan02 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      they arent ‘taking crap for expressing interest in players’ …. people are laughing at their interest in players that they have no chance of signing.

      Knicks have ~$3m to offer Monta (or JR, or whomever)… and Monta reportedly turned down a 2yr/$24m extension with the Bucks. NY is also over the apron, so they cannot receive a player via S&T.

      yet, they still have interest… ‘for some reason’

  2. Kevin S. - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Having one good season in over a decade makes them immune from criticism? Monta Ellis would be a terrible fit for this team. The Bargnani trade was underwhelming at best. The Knicks’ 54 wins and second-round exit don’t change that.

    • hartdaddy - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      The Bulls wanted Bargani as well, so did the Clippers & the Warriors wanted to give up David Lee for the guy. But that’s my point, that doesn’t get mentioned in favor of misguided critiquing of a move before it’s even happened. Ellis isn’t a Knick, the Knicks are just exploring thier options, much the Bulls who also wish to have Ellis… But nobody is reporting that. Why? Because NY is a bigger headline grab for casual NBA fans, if that’s the case then just admit that is all. The issue is that some teams are immune from criticism. The Knicks seemed to get critiqued for every thing they do, even if it’s a non story.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        You don t know what the Bulls were offering, and the Warriors were looking to dump a bad contract. The Knicks took on money and gave up picks. That’s what makes the trade so awful, and that’s why they were criticized. Now stop crying before we have to call the whambulance for you.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Until Amare’s Contract expires, the knicks will be so over the salary cap that it is very difficult to find players who can contribute on the floor, regardless of their value. Bargnani is a bad contract, but considering the Knicks’ salary cap woes, kudos to them for being able to add someone that can help them.

      • emosnar - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        I fell you pimpin. These dopes only wish to be in a position to make big time decisions. Let them stick to monday mornings.

        Kevin S. You don’t know what the Knicks are thinking or pondering when considering this option. They have to hear crap every time they took a step forward. Geez back up booty lips.

        Stop holding your nuts in the closet basement with loud music playing.

  3. ryanrockzzz - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Why yes…they do.

  4. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The reason why the Knicks can’t beat the heat is because the need a better point guard

    • stoudemelo - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      The Knicks can’t beat the heat because they don’t have a PG?

      Pretty sure they were 3-1 with multiple line ups last season. They couldn’t beat Miami because they didn’t play each other in the playoffs.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Yes. The regular season really matters. Just ask the Celtics how much the regular season matters vs. the Heat.

      • eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        He’s a troll lol ignore his rambling

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      They need more than a pg..also they didn’t even get to face miami since the pacers handled them..

      Now they got chicago and the nets to worry about as well..

  5. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    He’s a worst version of JR smith!

    you don’t need another volume shooter with a terrible fg percentage, you already have Melo for that

  6. readysethike - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    now do they Knicks view him as coming off the bench in the same role as J.R. did last year?

    IMO Shump should continue to start

    and in no way shape of form am i a Knicks fan but unless Ellis plans on playing D and contributing on offense besides shooting, this would be a dumb signing.

  7. dondada10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    The Knicks aren’t interested in Ellis, and Ellis isn’t interested in signing for below his market value.

    Whenever a “rumor” leaks, a side decided to leak it. Believe it or not, sometimes the player’s agent leaks a rumor in order to have legitimate bidders think there’s more teams involved than really are.

    You know how many players are “linked” to the Yankees in the off-season? Or the Mets when they were good?

  8. eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    He’s basically a better passing JR tbh, it would be cheaper for the knicks to sign him than JR anyway.

  9. eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    He’s basically a better passing worse 3point shooting JR tbh, it would be cheaper for the knicks to sign him than JR anyway.

  10. aboogy123456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I think the Knicks absolutely need another guy who can create his own shot. Monta ellis would be a perfect fit for them. The offense relies too much on Melo and he can’t keep carrying them on his own. Monta would give them a guy that can score for long stretches, and his defense would not hurt them too bad since they have an elite defender in Chandler. People want to bash melo all the time as if he’s a ballhog, but in reality he’s a team first player who’s strength is scoring. The question should not be if Ellis is a good fit for the knicks, the real question is how can they afford to sign someone of his caliber?

    • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      You lost ALL credibility with your “Carmelo is a team first player” comment.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        When does he ever talk about himself in the media? When does he throw his teammates under the bus? When does he talk about the scoring title? what did he play like on team USA with actual talent? If you watch the games closely, you should know that he is the reason everyone else is open, because they count on him to draw double teams and then kick it out to the open man, and he does a great job at that. I have more credibility because I understand basketball, and I don’t just listen to popular opinion among nba fans.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        I was not talking about him talking about himself to the media or anything. His game speaks for himself. Real team player how he dominates the ball and winds down the shot clock. League leading 22 field goal attempts per game. Oh, yeah. He’s always kicking it out after he’s dribbled down the shot clock? his team must NEVER be able to make baskets then since he had 2,6 assists per game. He’s a ball hog who can score as good as anyone in the game. It’s what he is.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Oh yeah, also a real “team first” player the way he forced his trade to the Knicks

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        good example andy, he decided with his family that he wanted to play for the knicks, so he was very clear with his management about his decision. His honesty allowed them to trade him for valuable pieces, rather than get nothing in return, like lebron, bosh, and possibly dwight this year. How could melo have handled it any better than that?

      • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Lebron James decided with his family that he wanted to play with the Heat so he agreed to the sign-and-trade deal where the Cavs received 5 draft picks, rather than them getting nothing in return. If you were a Heat fan, is this how you would justify things, as you’re doing for Carmelo?

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        oh so before Lebron was on “The Decision”, we all knew where he was going? come on man…

      • NikoKaps - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Right, the Cavs received 5 draft picks. Good for them. That’s like going grocery shopping blindfolded — you don’t know what you’re gonna get. Not to mention he and his buddy agent decided on the whole “decision” thing. Because that’s not being full of yourself, right? But that’s something completely different. End.

      • caeser12 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        And when he called Tyson “Chicken” Chandler an “Elite’ defender.


        Long suffering (1967) Knicks Fan.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        what’s it matter if you knew where he’s going or not? It was still a change of team.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Whatever. I give up. you’re right. Carmelo is the ultimate team player. His highest field goal attempts per game in the league, laughably low assist total, and the way he forced a trade to the one team he said he’d play for all support this.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        and andy, what does changing a team have to do with being selfish? Because wasn’t that your original point?

      • iceonmypinky85 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        I’m sorry Andy, I think you lost this one bro.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Has everything to do with my original point. He bailed on the Nuggets mid-season to get what he wanted.

    • mcmofigga - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I completely agree with you a 100%

      I also loved your commments

      “I have more credibility because I understand basketball, and I don’t just listen to popular opinion among nba fans.”

      So true.

      Also he is a much better option than JR Smith who just loves jacking up 3s but not sure how they are going to fit him either from a pay perspective. Mr Ellis gonna have to take a big cut to play for the K nicks.

      If the Knicks get him and with Timmy Jr they can be a great offensive force. They need to work on that D a little bit more.

  11. divan22 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Amazing how much hate Ellis gets from ignorant fans/writers.

    Do some research. Look up his FG% BEFORE he was traded to the sad-sack Bucks. See how efficient he was with Golden State.

    Look up his assist numbers. Not bad at all for a SG who’s supposedly a “ball hog”. Averages more than twice as many assists as Carmelo, to give you an idea. Routinely among the league leaders in assists/game by a non-PG.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      He hasn’t shot above 45.1 percent since 2007-08. He certainly dishes more than Carmelo Anthony but that’s a low bar to clear. Also, shouldn’t we base his future production on what he has done recently not five years ago?

  12. dezglobal - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    man how much cash do the knicks have?

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